This is a complicated question and worth exploring. While there is a ton of information and listings on the internet on sites like Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, Redfin, etc., nothing beats the local knowledge and connections that agents have with what is on the market. So, getting in your agent’s car, and going to view properties is still important! That beats you driving around to open houses and then calling your agent to ask questions. The multiple listing service (MLS) is still extremely powerful, accurate, and complete for searching what is on the market, pending and recently sold. Your agent can set up automatic notification searches for you also. You can as well on Zillow, Trulia, etc. An agent can also network with agents in their office and company, along with other agents in the area about what’s coming on the market soon or a transaction that might be failing and coming back on soon.
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